Gospel Roundup

L-R: Erica Campbell, CeCe Winans , Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

LaShun Pace of the Anointed Pace Sisters is Mourned

Another tragic death has struck the family of the Anointed Pace Sisters. LaShun Pace, 60 died on March 21, 2022, following a prolonged battle with kidney disease. The celebrated gospel singer, according to her family, was awaiting a transplant kidney and was surviving the last five years on dialysis. LaShun, who aside from the group was also an accomplished soloist, will be remembered for her soaring soprano on church favorites like “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” from her debut project and “There’s A Leak in This Old Building.” LaShun was a founding member of the Grammy-nominated gospel group the Anointed Pace Sisters in 1988 which included her sisters Duranice, Phyllis, June, Melonda, Dejuaii, Leslie, Latrice, and Lydia. LaShun was preceded in death last January by her elder sister Duranice.  LaShun’s celebration of life will be held on April 2nd at the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Austell, GA. The public is welcome and encouraged to wear pink.

BeBe & CeCe Winans and Mary Mary in Easter Verzuz Battle

Verzuz announced an Easter special featuring legendary gospel brother/sister duo BeBe & CeCe Winans and sister duo Mary Mary with Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell. Gospel fans immediately went abuzz on social media at the prospect of a “battle” between the two groups of singers. This event will mark the second time that gospel artists will be competing. Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Pastor John P. Kee were the first who participated April 2020 during the height of the pandemic lockdown and drew an online crowd that reached upwards of close to 100K viewers. The upcoming event scheduled for Resurrection Sunday on April 17th will undoubtedly be well attended as both pairs have had an endless stream of hits throughout their careers. BeBe & CeCe’s last project together “Relationships,” was recorded in 1994. Mary Mary recently reunited for the opener of Super Bowl LVI to sing Negro national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The event will be streamed on YouTube, Facebook, Verzuz TV Instagram, Triller and Fite at 8:00 pm ET.

First Round of Voting Has Begun for the Stellar Awards 

The first round of voting has officially begun for the 37th Annual Stellar Awards. On March 21, 2022, nominees were announced for consideration for this year’s music and radio categories. Stellar Academy Members (SAGMA) members who are active and in good standing are eligible to submit ballots now until midnight on April 4th. This year, for the first time, two new categories have been introduced this year including: Praise & Worship Song of the Year and Rap/Hip Hop. The next round of voting will be open to the general public on April 11th – 15th. The official announcement of the 2022 nominees will be made in May during the officially Stellar Radio tour. Individuals who desire to become voting members of SAGMA have until Saturday, April 2nd to submit applications for approval.  For more information about SAGMA, visit the Stellar Academy online at www.stellarawards.com.

Erica Campbell Shares Weight Loss Journey and Liposuction Nightmare

Award-winning gospel artist and radio host Erica Campbell, recently spoke publicly and candidly about her decision to lose weight naturally after a liposuction procedure left her in a hotel “bleeding everywhere.” It was the first time the singer, who at the time in 2004 had just given birth to her daughter Krista prompting her to undergo the procedure. She appeared on “The Tamron Hall Show,” TV show March 28th where she discussed the ordeal with host Tamron Hall.  She said, “I was young and really didn’t know the process of what you were supposed to do. I didn’t get the lymphatic massages you were supposed to get so my body wasn’t pretty.” Campbell said the experience motivated her to go the more traditional route of healthy eating and exercise rather than looking for ways to rush results. Campbell has also posted about her experience with lipo on her Instagram page in hopes of enlightening her fans to the potential dangers and downfalls of this elected procedure.  

Key Evangelical Leaders Back Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

In a statement of support, key evangelical leaders from around the country collectively voiced their support of the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court. On February 25, 2022, Judge Jackson was nominated by President Joe Biden and the first Black woman considered for a seat in the highest court of justice. Judge Jackson is expected to fill the vacancy that will soon come from the departure of Judge Stephen Breyer who announced his retirement in January. In her remarks, Judge Jackson said I am standing here by the grace of God as a testament to the love and support that I’ve received from my family.” In her closing remarks, she further remarked about the prominent role of her faith saying “I must begin these brief remarks by thanking God for delivering me to this point in my professional journey. My life has been blessed beyond measure, and I do know that one can only come this far by faith.”